How to Restore-A-Deck in One Day!

Restore-A-Deck’s three-step process makes it possible to complete a wood staining project in a single day. The stain is safe to apply on damp wood, perfect for those who are busy and want to achieve same-day results for their exterior wood staining projects.

Here’s a rundown of Restore-A-Deck’s three-step process, it’s components, and how they work together to produce an immaculately stained wood surface.

RAD Stain Steps

Step 1: Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner or Restore-A-Deck Wood Stripper

Are you working with a wood surface that has not previously been stained? If so, use the Restore-A-Deck Cleaner. The Wood Cleaner works hard to remove dirt, grime, mold, and mildew better than the competition after one application. It restores the natural beauty of exterior wood to its original appearance without harming wood fibers, pets, grass, and most plants.

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner can also be used for maintenance coats when using the same brand stain as before.

If you are working with a new wood surface that has previously been stained or painted, strip the wood surface using Restore-A-Deck Stripper. The Wood Stripper quickly and efficiently removes most oil and latex based finishes including clear sealers, transparent stains, and semi-transparent stains. On top of removing the stain, the Wood Stripping formula takes off collected dirt, mold, mildew, and mill glaze.

Both come in a concentrated powder form that is convenient to transport and is extremely cost effective. Can be mixed on site with water then applied directly to the wood.

Step 2: Restore-A-Deck Brightener

After you complete step 1, using Restore-A-Deck Cleaner or Stripper depending on your situation, we recommend you follow up with Restore-A-Deck Brightener to neutralize the pH of the surface to allow for proper application of the stain. This formula works hard upon initial application to brighten the wood surface as well as remove stubborn rust stains and tannin stains caused by fallen leaves. Restore-A-Deck brightener will give your deck or wood surface a clean looking finish ideal for applying the stain.

Step 3: Restore-A-Deck Stain

The final step in this three-step process is the Stain. Restore-A-Deck Stain uses the latest in water-based wood staining technology to create a formula that allows for better UV protection, excellent penetration into the wood stain for long lasting beautiful results, and the ability to apply to damp wood for single day project completion or to dry wood the day after prep. The Wood Stain comes in four radiant semi-transparent colors that highlight and enhance the natural wood grain.

Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is best applied the same day as prep typically 2-4 hours at 70 degrees F and less than 50% humidity. Make sure that all standing water has dried off the surface prior to application. 

See here for: Wet on Wet Application Tips

See here for tips on new wood: Restore-A-Deck Stain and New Wood

See her for hot sun application: Restore-A-Deck Stain Hot Sun Application

If you have used the Restore-A-Deck in one-day system, we want to hear from you. Feel free to leave a review and don’t forget to include pictures.

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    Phillip McGuiness · 06/30/2020
    I have a 15 + y/o cedar deck that’s been stained multiple times. 2 years ago after sanding large areas of the deck until smooth, I had used Olympic semi transparent stain which gave a good look. But, areas have peeled. I was on the deck review website And impressed with the reviews of your product which said it could be used with ( I obviously thought over) acrylic type stains like Olympic. I have cleaned and used the brightener and now also reading that I should have stripped the deck first. My error. Part of the reason for not wanting to strip the deck are some 80 ft of railing as well as a skirt around the deck , and the vertical posts. I assume the stripper will get on this and double the work, not just one day. I I was hoping to avoid that. What do you suggest?
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    Joe · 06/29/2020
    Can I dilute restore a deck stain
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    Laci · 06/23/2020
    I'm looking to stain my fence, installed 2 years ago and soft washed about a week ago. I'm trying to sort thru all of the steps to make sure I have it right. Do I need to clean and brighten or can I go ahead and just stain since it was already cleaned?

    Additionally, I have a small wooden entrance patio that was painted years ago and is now flaking off. Will the stripper work on the remaining paint?
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    Beverly · 06/22/2020
    How do you remove the stamp from new pine boards
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      RAD Products · 06/22/2020
      Sand it off if the cleaner does not remove it.
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    Amanda · 06/22/2020
    This deck was stripped, brightened and fully sanded prior to a dry application of the semi-transparent stain using a deck roller. I think this wood will require two coats even though the product instructions say sanded wood only needs one coat. The first coat is already cured, can I lightly sand it and then put two coats on using the wet on wet method or do I have to wait until next summer to clean and just add another coat? Thanks!
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    Beverly · 06/21/2020
    I will be sanding a covered deck to remove old solid stain. Could I wait a few months, until fall to clean, brighten and stain with semi transparent stain? Thank you.
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    Sue schroeder · 06/19/2020
    Huge previously stained pressure treated deck with TWP semi transparent oil base stain cedar tone..not happy with the results as live in woods and oil based has led to mildew...want to use restore a deck water base stain...must I use stripper first vice just cleaner followed by Brightener? Thank you four assistance.
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    Chris Warner · 06/16/2020
    I have about 440 square feet of deck and the high is suppose to be 84 degrees today. About 3/4 of the deck will not be in direct sunlight. Is it okay to strip, brighten and stain today?
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    Bill · 06/10/2020
    We have an old deck. Used RAD stain 3 years ago. Time to re-stain (same color). First, do I have the RAD one-day process correct (below)?
    1. Sweep deck and lightly spray with water to dampen.
    2. Apply RAD Cleaner, wait 15 minutes, and power wash to remove dirt. Then rinse deck.
    3. Apply RAD Brightener while deck is still wet. Let Brightner stand 10 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly for 20 minutes.
    4. Wait several hours and apply RAD stain (make sure deck has no standing water).
    5. DONE.

    Final question >>> Do I need to use Brightner? If so, how long between rinsing Cleaner and applying Brightner? Remove standing water? Thanks so much!!
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    Sks · 06/07/2020
    A few questions:
    I plan to use the stripper/brightener on my deck. Is that what you would recommend for the photos attached? I am not sure what was previously on it and nothing has been done to it for at least 9-10 years.

    How soon after the cleaning process does it have to get stained? And does it matter what brand stain we use? I would rather buy a stain that we can purchase locally in case we run out or need a second coat.

    Square footage is aprox 358 with 3 steps and about 50 ft of railing.
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    joe ross · 06/01/2020
    i am planning on using RAD on my fence. What type sprayer do you recommend? Is a sprayer a good idea? Thanks for any advice you can give me.
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      RAD Products · 06/01/2020
      You can pump spray the semi-transparent stain but you will need to back brush to ensure an even application.
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    Suzanne · 06/01/2020
    can i do the second coat of transparent stain 12-24 hours later?
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      RAD Products · 06/01/2020
      No, second coats need to be applied wet on wet. Once cured it will not take. You can clean and recoat in 6-12 months if needed.
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    April · 05/31/2020
    We purchased the semi-transparent stain for our deck. Can this be applied using a sprayer or is using a brush better?
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    Roberto Cruz · 05/30/2020
    Thank you for a wonderful product and replying to my questions so fast. I've attached pics of the process and when it's completed. I have a lower deck with a swimming pool to completenext. I can't wait to have both of the decks matching. Everyone that has come over are very impressed. They think I paid someone to do the work. Feels great doing this my first time and it looking so good.
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    Van · 05/29/2020
    Hi! We have a second floor deck 26 x 12ft that needs some love. I’m attaching some pictures. Can you please tell me if we need to strip it and brighten it before staining, or only stripping would be enough? Will power washing work?(And do you know what are those black stains?)
    Also, we have railings around the deck and 12 steps of stairs, and 4 poles 8 feet tall (pictures included). How many gallons of solid stain would we need for one coat? As soon as we have your answers, we will be ordering from your website. Thank you!
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      RAD Products · 05/29/2020
      Use the Stripper to remove as much as you can. No need to brighten, just rinse well. You need two coats of the solid stain and we would need a total sq footage of all wood added up to help with this amount.
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        Van · 05/30/2020
        Total SF is 700. Do you think I can get away with only one coat? How many gallons do we need to order?
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    kenneth holshouser · 05/28/2020
    a week or so ago I saw a 2.5 gallon jug of semi transparent for sale is that not offered any more? once deck is stripped/ brightened and stained with semi transparent stain how often do you suggest a maintenance coat be applied to do a maintenance coat do you clean and brighten before maintenance coat?
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      RAD Products · 05/28/2020
      Sorry, but we have never sold the RAD Stain on this site in 2.5-gallon only containers. Clean and brighten every 2-3 years for maintenance coats.
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        ken · 05/28/2020
        should have asked on earlier post what works better brush or pad for applying semi trans. stain
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    Rick · 05/27/2020
    My deck is currently stained with Behr semi-transparent cedar and it's chipping/peeling all over. If I power wash and sand the failing portions, can I cover the rest with the RAD solid stain or does it all need to come off?
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2020
      Yes you can cover the stain that is not peeling.
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    john koenig · 05/26/2020
    I'm sanding a stained deck back to bare wood. Is there a need to use the stripper? I have already ordered the cleaner, brightener, and stain from RAD.
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    Chuck Beck · 05/18/2020
    We have a deck that was stained with a Behr semi-transparent deck stain a few years ago. Although it is supposed to be semi-transparent, it appears more opaque and is now chipping and peeling. What's your best advice for stripping the old stain and refinishing the wood before restaining? I'm sure others have asked this, so I apologize in advance if I am asking a FAQ...
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      RAD Products · 05/18/2020
      You will have to sand to remove. Strippers will not work on an opaque stain.
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    chris · 05/17/2020
    I just want to see if the color is what I'm looking for (I already purchased the strip/brighten pack)
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    chris · 05/17/2020
    To apply a stain sample---does that require the strip/brighten?
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      RAD Products · 05/17/2020
      It has to be properly prepped to see the color it will be on your deck.
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    Joe bernardy · 05/15/2020
    Can you mix the cleaner and brightener in on 5 gal bucket of water?
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    Robert · 05/14/2020
    On old wood deck with opaque stain and many now bare spots - do I need the cleaner product before applying stain?
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      RAD Products · 05/14/2020
      Pressure wash with the stripper. This will help to remove the loose and peeling solid stain. Once done you can cover the rest of the solid stain that is not peeling with a new coat of the RAD Solid Stain.
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    Maria · 05/09/2020
    Which semitransparent color is more resistant to weather damage: neutral or light walnut?
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      Danny Crockett · 05/10/2020
      I used the neutral on my wife's disability ramp which was quite large and modular due to our building code. I used the Restore A Deck system and applied last season. We had a very icy winter here in NE Ohio and had to deal with shoveling it. Hard work. I will need to reapply this year as the stain has worn to that point. The handrails, siderails, posts and frame look new so 1 gal should do the trick. If anyone knows a safe deicer, I'm all ears.
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      RAD Products · 05/09/2020
      Same.
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    Maria · 05/09/2020
    Can I mix RAD semitransparent neutral with light walnut?
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    Jeri · 05/08/2020
    Using the expresso stain what could Put on top to give it luster. How much stain for. 12x16 deck with railing.
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      RAD Products · 05/08/2020
      Sorry but you cannot add anything on top. It will peel.
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    Maria · 05/07/2020
    How many galons Semitransparent stain do I need for a 400sq feet deck?
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    eileen · 04/12/2020
    Would like to restore the cedar siding on the house as well as the deck. Both surfaces have the same stain. Should I do the house first and then the deck or do both at the same time?
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    Bryan · 04/02/2020
    Last summer I used RAD semi transparent natural. I used 2 coats but the wood really soaked up the stain. I was thinking of applying another 2 coats this spring. Good idea? If so should I use cleaner, brightner, and stain?
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      RAD Products · 04/02/2020
      Only reapply if needed.
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        Bryan · 04/02/2020
        How do you know when to reapply? If I were to reapply what process do I use? Cleaner, brightner, stain? Or stripper, brightner, stain?
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          RAD Products · 04/02/2020
          More is not better. Only reapply if it is starting to fail. As for how to prep, that depends on the current condition and we would need pictures.